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1982 Archeological Investigations at the Taft House Site, (33HA431), William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Cincinnati, Ohio (1983)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Leslie A. Perry.

The Taft House Site (33HA43) constitutes the main historical and cultural resource of the William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Cincinnati, Ohio. Located at 2038 Auburn Avenue, the house was the birthplace and boyhood home of the 27th President of the United States. The house and its accompanying property have witnessed extensive remodeling both during and subsequent to the Taft family occupation. Most recently, the deteriorating condition of the structure, particularly in the 1851 east...

The 1993 and 1994 Archeological Investigations at James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Mentor, Lake County, Ohio (2013)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Rose E. Pennington.

Previous 1990 and 1991 archeological investigations at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site (JAGA) resulted in the recognition of Late Prehistoric and Historic 1930s-1950s components (Hunt 1999; Lee 1994). From June 21 to July 2, 1993, the Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) conducted an archeological inventory and evaluation at JAGA. These investigations included shovel test surveys of the proposed access road and sanitary sewer line, and test excavations in the proposed parking lot...

Archaeological Collections at the Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Andrew Gurstelle.

The Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University has several collections that are of great interest to archaeologists. Three of our collections are presented: the Rights collection, the Lam collection, and the West Mexican collection. The Rights collection consists of nearly 20,000 artifacts collected by the Rev. Douglas Rights in the first half of the 20th century from archaeological sites near Winston-Salem and in the western Piedmont of North Carolina. The Lam collection consists of over...

Archaeological tourism and social values, a case study in China (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Qian Gao.

Today the increasing commercialization of cultural heritage draws archaeology and tourism into ever-closer contact. With the fast development of tourism, archaeological sites are utilized for their multiple potentials as revenue generators, public education providers, national identity promoters, and many other roles. It should be noted that these potentials are defined by the various values that a society attributes to its archaeological heritage. That is to say the values of archaeological...

Artificial cranial modifications of human remains from archeological sites in China (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Ying Nie. Dong Wei. Hua Zhang. Dongya Yang. Hong Zhu.

This paper explores artificial cranial deformation from two archaeological sites in China. Jilintai cemetery (2500 – 2000BP) is located in Yili region, northwestern Xinjiang, and Yingpan cemetery (2000 – 1500BP) is located in Yuli county, northeastern Xinjiang. A total of 253 crania (202 from Jilintai and 51 from Yingpan) were examined in this study. Crania were measured according to the Standards Book, and 11 angles and 6 indices were calculated. Statistical analyses include discriminant...

The Bartlett Dam Project: Archaeological Test Excavations at Fourteen Sites in the Lower Verde Valley, Maricopa County, Arizona (1991)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Gregory R. Seymour. Mark Slaughter. WIlliam L. Deaver. Richard V. N. Ahlstrom.

This report documents the results of a testing program completed by SWCA, Inc. Environmental Consultants in August of 1990 in anticipation of the modification of Bartlett Dam. Modifications to the dam were planned as part of the Central Arizona Project's Regulatory Storage Division (Plan 6) and the Safety of Dams Project. During the month of April, 1990, archaeologists from Northland Research, Inc. conducted an archaeological survey of approximately 929 acres located on the Lower Verde River...

Between Control and Influence - Early Globalization processes in Bronze Age China (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Yitzchak Jaffe.

The traditional narrative of the Zhou expansion (1046-771 BCE, roughly 800 before the formation of the first Chinese empire in 221 BCE), has been to view it as a military enlargement and conquest and as leading, consequently, to the establishment of a polity controlling a large territorial state. To date, most studies have viewed the finding of Zhou artifacts in a given region as indicating Zhou political control over that area or even that actual Zhou people inhabited the region. This paper...

Bioarchaeology, human ecology, and subsistence change in ancient China (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Elizabeth Berger.

This paper will explore the links between bioarchaeology and human ecology, and how they can contribute to studies of ancient Chinese subsistence. Both fields deal with similar types of data, including measures of nutritional status, fertility, disease burden, food production, and human-environment interaction. However, the two fields differ widely in both the time scale and the resolution of their data. Can models from human ecology inform bioarchaeological research? Can the long time scale...

A biodistance study of Shang Dynasty human sacrifice (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Tommy Budd.

Ongoing archaeological investigations at the Shang capital of Yin Xu in modern Anyang have contributed much to the understanding of the Shang Dynasty (~1600-1046 BCE) and Bronze Age China. Bioarchaeological investigations of the thousands of sacrificed individuals recovered from the royal cemetery at Yin Xu has historically been somewhat limited, but is becoming an important component of current research at the site. Earlier work focused mainly on collection of craniometric data and the typology...

Blue and White Chinese porcelain with datable 16th-century mounts (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Linda Pomper.

Besides learning from sherds that have been turned up by terrestrial and underwater archaologists, we can learn more about dating Chinese porcelain from pieces found with datable mounts in European collections.  Five pieces of blue and white porcelain now in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York were originally in Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, where they may have come via trade with Turkey.  They are significant because there were very few pieces of Chinese...

The Cemetery at Qijiaping: New insights into the production and use of ceramics vessels (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Andrew Womack.

Excavated in 1975, the cemetery at the Qijia Culture type-site of Qijiaping in southern Gansu province, China, provides a wealth of data on life and death in Qijia society. Up to this point however, the production and use of the most common type of burial good, ceramic vessels, has never been fully researched. This paper will explore production organization and methods likely used to produce several classes of vessels though statistical analysis of vessel standardization. Ideas of what...

The Central Plains Archaeological Survey: A Preliminary Report (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael Storozum. Tristram Kidder. Zhen Qin. Haiwang Liu.

Over the past five years, the authors have conducted a geoarchaeological survey in Northern Henan Province, China, to test three hypotheses of regional and global significance. First, many Chinese archaeologists consider this area void of archaeological remains. Based on our data, most archaeological material is far below the surface - approximately 5 to 8 meters. Second, the location of the Yellow River during the Bronze Age year is argued to flow to the south, entering the ocean near Shanghai....

The chronology of Early Pottery in South China (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Xiaohong Wu. Ofer Bar Yosef.

Human evolution is punctuated by inventions and innovations. One of the important inventions in the development of Chinese civilization was pottery. Cooking and steaming are two of the processes that change the nature of the food. The same are parching and grilling, or chopping meat and vegetables into very small pieces. The archaeology of South China uncovered the earliest pots in the records in East Asia. In this presentation the dating of pottery bearing layers in three cave sites from this...

Climates of History in Ancient China: Lessons from Deep-Time and Cross-Cultural Perspectives (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Arlene Rosen.

In recent decades, studies of climate change and its impact on past societies have been colored by a veneer of political agenda and oversimplification of how ancient societies might have actually responded to changes in their environments. Although many of these climatic changes would have profoundly impacted economic systems of past societies, these social and economic systems have often demonstrated remarkable resilience in the face of such changes. Other times, abrupt environmental changes...

Cranial Trepanations in Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Xinjiang (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Dong Wei. Si Yang.

Trepanation is defined as the intentional removal of a piece of bone from the cranial vault of a living individual without penetration of the underlying soft tissues. In China, practicing trepanation can be traced back to the Neolithic, and it can still be found today in some populations in other parts of the world. Nine skulls with lesions from four Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age cemeteries (Yaer from Hami, Goukou from Jinghe, Yanghai from Tulufan, and Choumeigou from Changji) (4000BP–2000...

Cultural exchanges along the Ancient Silk Road—A Case of Cranial Trepanation from the Early Iron Age in Xinjiang, China (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Qun Zhang. Quanchao Zhang. Xiaofang Gao. Tao Han. Hong Zhu.

This presentation reports a case of intentional trepanation along the ancient Silk Road in China from the Early Iron Age, with clear evidence of it being carried out by humans. Although trepanation has been widely performed in Eurasia, there are no definitive trepanation discoveries in western China dating from the Bronze Age. Microscopic observation and computed tomography scan were used to analyze the area of trepanation. With the observation of a three-dimensional deep-field microscope, the...

Daily life and ritual at Yanshi Shangcheng: Subterranean deposition and the puzzle of blended deposits (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Katrinka Reinhart.

At the early Bronze Age city of Yanshi Shangcheng (Henan, China), an important aspect of the lifeways of residents was the practice of depositing various sorts of materials underground. Pottery, human and animal bodies, implements, ornaments and other materials were deposited in pits, wells, ditches, and graves. These "depositional practices" resulted in a bounty for future archaeologists. However, deposition has been undertheorized in Chinese archaeology. Depositional features are often...

Database Column Descriptions (2015)
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Description of the abbreviations used in the Taosi and Zhouijazhuang faunal databases

Dirt, dynasties, and devastation in North China: Geoarchaeological perspectives from the Luoyang Basin (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael Storozum. Yifei Zhang. Ren Xiaolin.

Anthropogenic disturbance of alluvial systems is increasingly influential through time, but the interplay of climatic systems and basin hydrology complicate attempts to fingerprint how humans influence these systems. We evaluate the importance of climate change, fluvial dynamics, and anthropogenic environmental modification in forming the Holocene sedimentary record of the Luoyang Basin, a tributary of the Yellow River, located in western Henan Province, China. Our fieldwork indicates that an...

Draft Environmental Report for the Warner Springs Ranch: Cultural Resoucres of Warner Springs Ranch Inventory and Research Results Volume III; State Clearinghouse Sch #81032503 (1981)
DOCUMENT Citation Only American Pacific Environmental Consultants, Inc..

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Early Cultivation in China: Where and When (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Ofer Bar-Yosef.

For over 2.6 million years foragers did not demonstrate that cultivation was a way for obtaining food stability although occasional events may have escaped the archaeological records. Cultivation by hunter-gatherers across the continents (except for Australia) emerged during the Terminal Pleistocene and early Holocene as a response to limitation on mobility due essentially to competition among growing populations conceived archaeologically as "relative demographic pressure". The paper will...

EDXRF Analysis on Ceramics During the Mongol Period in China (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Lingyi Zeng.

In this paper I will present the results from analyzing and comparing ceramics from multiple contexts, including ceramic production centers, burials and residential areas during the Mongol period. I adopted Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF), a very effective and non-destructive way to analyze the chemical compositions of their pastes, glazes and pigments of samples from Jingdezhen, Inner Mongolia, and other areas of the Mongol Empire. Other scientific techniques and statistic methods...

Expanding frontier and building the sphere in the western deserts (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Lisa Janz.

During the early and middle Holocene the deserts of Mongolia and northern China were characterized by arid grasslands and numerous lakes and wetlands. Specialized wetland exploitation defined land-use during this period, but more detailed data on subsistence is not clear. The prevalent use of microlithic technology and the lack of architectural structures underscores the presumption that these groups were highly mobile hunter-gatherers, but increasing evidence reveals that pastoralism spread...

Experimental Research Concerning the Production of Early Holocene Ostrich Shell Beads at the Shui Donggou Site, Ningxia, China. (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Chunxue WANG. Yinmin YANG. Chunxue WANG. Xing GAO. Ning WANG.

The appearance of art is an important development in behavioral modernity. In this paper we address the production of early Holocene ostrich eggshell beads. Such beads have been found in many Chinese late Paleolithic sites and also the early Holocene site of Shui Donggou. The study of these ancient beads will help us to better understand early craft production and the role art played in the development of society. In this paper, we present the results of our experimental ostrich shell bead...

Farmers and Late Holocene Climate Change on the Edge of the Qinghai Plateau (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Elizabeth Berger. Hong Zhu.

This is an abstract from the "Living and Dying in Mountain and Highland Landscapes" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. In the late Holocene, a cooling and drying climate, greater intergroup contact, and increasing sociopolitical complexity prevailed across Eurasia. On the eastern edge of the Qinghai Plateau, at the edge of the East Asian summer monsoon zone, millet farming societies faced local, cyclical changes to moisture and vegetation between 3000...